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A Novel Approach to Forensic Analysis of Condom and Personal Lubricants Found in Sexual Assault Cases Using Capillary Electropheresis

Project Member(s): Roux, C., Doble, P.

Start year: 2002

Summary: Significant problems are associated with the examination and interpretation of trace evidence materials associated with sexual assaults (e.g. sexual lubricants, spermicides). New technology is being sought for more accurate examination of this type of evidence. This project aims to address the situation by developing a novel protocol for the separation and analysis of lubricants and spermicides found in comdoms using capillary electrophoresis. This project will capitalize on the recent success in the area obtained by the UTS Forensic Science team (designated Faculty Research Strength). In addition, this project will foster the existing links with Industry by contributing to the current national R&D agenda investigated by the National Institutes of Forensic Science, enhance UTS's research profile, and has the potential to make Australia the world leader in forensic innovations.

FOR Codes: Other Instrumental Methods, Law, Justice and Law Enforcement not elsewhere classified, Analytical Chemistry not elsewhere classified, Law enforcement, Instrumental Methods (excl. Immunological and Bioassay Methods), Nga Tikanga Maori (Maori Customary Law)